UK rapid prototyping unit targets oil & gas seals
ERJ staff report (PR)
Warrington, UK – ERIKS Sealing Technology has opened a new development facility in Warrington for the rapid prototyping of sealing products especially for the oil and gas industry.
The unit in the Birchwood Science Park incorporates a twin-spindle, large-diameter Mazak Integrex i-series multi-tasking machine capable of machining metals, rubber and functional thermoplastics. This facility is situated alongside moulding and mechanical-seal assembly operation in Warrington.
The new cell is dedicated to the development of functional prototype sealing products, in particular the many complex shapes and sizes demanded by the oil and gas sector. The cell is designed specifically to support customers in bringing new products to market quickly, said an ERIKS’ announcement.
The new development cell exceeds the previous 3D prototype printing capability for fit-only testing to meet the growing needs of customers that require functional prototypes, according to the company.
"The oil and gas sector is exceptionally dynamic with short lead times for new products,” said Mick Holland, general manager of ERIKS Sealing Technology. The new development cell will enable customers to rapidly prototype new sealing products, eliminating unnecessary delays and significantly shortening the timescales for bringing new products to market.
ERIKS, noted Holland, has a long association with the oil & gas sector through its US operations and its parent company SHV which has interests ranging from exploration and production through to down-stream distribution.
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